PIO TEREI - Master of Ceremonies
It’s always a pleasure to have Pio as our Master of Ceremonies. He will entertain us and keep us on track as the conference progresses. Pio’s numerous appearances in the past decade as a comedian, actor, radio andtelevision host, musician and performer have established him as one of NewZealand’s most popular and personable entertainers. Pio came to notice in 1995 when he headlined his own TV3 show, ‘Pete and Pio’,with fellow comedian Peter Rowley. He led his own show simply called Pio and hosted ‘Christmas in the Park’. In the 2012 New Year Honours List Pio was awarded an MNZM for his services to entertainment.
Pio has much planned and prepared for our conference attendees.
MENG FOON - Race Relations Commissioner, New Zealand Human Rights Commission
Meng Foon was a market gardener, working in his parents’ garden from a young age. He took the role of Race Relations Commissioner after 24 years at the Gisborne District Council, and as Mayor for 18 years. He speaks Māori, English and Cantonese and supports a trust for the Māori Battalion, the New Zealand Chinese Association, and chaired the Gisborne/Tairāwhiti Rugby League board. People are the most important part of his work and believes a shared cuppa always helps.
Karl Anthony Vasau is a NZ born Pacific Islander of Niuean, Samoan, Tongan and European descent. He and his partner, Geneva, are the proud and loving parents of a 4 year old son, Karl Jnr and they currently live in Takanini Auckland. Karl has been in education for 23 years and started his teaching in 1998. He has been a principal for 14 years in both the State and Catholic School systems and is currently the principal of Rowandale School in Manurewa (since 2014). Rowandale is a Decile 1a School with a current roll of 625 year 1-6 students.
Karl is a firm believer in relationships based learning and parents as first teachers. He is an advocate for quality teaching that caters for the unique needs of 21st Century Learners and believes that the BEST teacher for Maori and Pasifika children is the BEST teacher who understands their own identity and culture (special conditions apply). The theme of his keynote is "Effective governance and leadership for 21st Century Learners from a Pacific Perspective”.
KATHRYN BERKETT - Educational Psychologist
Kathryn Berkett has dedicated 22 years of her education and career to helping children and youth who have experienced trauma. Holding a Masters in Educational Psychology and certification as a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Practitioner, Kathryn now uses her experience to train others and to develop interventions that assist reparation of the physical and psychological aspects of the brain that have been impacted. Knowing that trauma can produce emotional, behavioural and physical outcomes, she is passionate about sharing this information to as many sectors as possible. She trains and works with national and international organizations such as Police, Schools, Parents, Sports Teams, Mental Health Professionals and Corporate Offices.
Through helping others to better understand Neuroscience, Kathryn is able to guide them in learning more about themselves and others, which not only leads to being more aware and in control of their own actions, it also builds the crucial attribute of resilience that we all need to live in a connected, healthy, community. Outside of her career, Kathryn raises her two adolescent children – something that reminds her every day that this information is real and extremely useful, but that we also remain fallible humans, no matter how much knowledge we have!
JACK MCGOLDRICK - Future architect, a creator and an activist
Currently three years into an Architecture Degree at Victoria University and a 2016 graduate of Saint Patrick’s College Silverstream, Jack has experiencedmany different facets of New Zealand’s educational system and hopes to inspire positive change. Jack has grown up in Lower Hutt with a loving and supportive family, and now lives in Wellington City. In high school he had a strong connection to the arts, eventually finding a niche in design and visual art. Much of the learning in this period has impacted Jack’s life, carrying through into his architecture studies and activism. Passionate about choice, empowerment, sustainability and mental health, Jack believes that now is the time for change.